Although the term might not be as well-known as some other procedures for women, labiaplasty surgery is among the fastest growing surgical procedures in the US. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the surgery’s popularity has increased by 53% over the last five years. That’s because many women who experience excess tissue within the labia minora, or the “ruffled edge” outside the vagina, are finally realizing that there is a solution for this aesthetic issue.
Labial hypertrophy is a condition that describes when a woman has an overly large labia minora. While this is often thought of as a cosmetic concern that only affects a woman’s appearance and self-confidence, labial hypertrophy can cause pain, discomfort, and increased risk of vaginal infections. We perform labiaplasty surgery to help treat women who experience this condition. During the procedure, excess tissue is removed from the labia to reduce the size of the labia and correct any potential asymmetry.
In order to be considered a good candidate for labiaplasty surgery, women should meet the following criteria:
- Displeasure with the size and/or shape of their labia major or labia minor.
- Discomfort or irritation caused by overly large labia major or labia minor.
- Good enough physical and mental health to safely undergo the surgical procedure.
- Realistic expectations about their labiaplasty and the final results that the procedure will help them achieve.
- Willingness to closely follow the doctor’s post-surgery recovery instructions including refraining from vaginal intercourse for up to 6 weeks following surgery.
Labial hypertrophy can create a significant emotional burden for women. Thankfully, labiaplasty surgery can be an outstanding solution to this issue. If you think that you may be a good candidate for labiaplasty, don’t hesitate to contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today to schedule a consultation with one of our reproductive healthcare experts. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional reproductive healthcare tips, news, and much more.